Frequent dances

John Chambers

Message 52862 · 21 Jun 2008 21:48:43 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Martin wrote:
| During my visits to GB , which were quite regular up 5 years ago, I=20=20
| can't remember ever dancing nos 1, 2, 3, 5, at Saturday night dances=20=20
| there. Not that my personal experience has any statistical value,=20=20=20
| of course.

FWIW, I've played all four of these at Boston Branch dances in the
past 2 or 3 months. But that's the American Boston, not the one on
the other side of the Pond in Lincolnshire. One of the dances had a
mixture of sets doing Wild Geese and also the recent Flock of Geese
variant.

| I have also noticed that when a club is expecting a lot of visitors,=20=20
| each of whom will be familiar with a different set of dances, the=20=20
| club tends to lean heavily on RSCDS publications and on Pilling to=20=20
| increase the likelihood that the program will be accessible to a=20=20
| larger number. Are these the events that contribute to Campbell's list?
| Do the North Amercian clubs have as much access to 'unofficial'=20=20
| publications from this side of the Atlantic, or do they rely on RSCDS=20=20
| publications?

Non-RSCDS dances are quite common hereabouts, and most of the dance
leaders have the unofficial publications. The local branch has also
originated a good number of dances over the years. I'd be surprised
if there were many SCD groups whose leaders didn't create their own
dances. (For instance, if two of your members are getting married,
what would you expect the dance leader to do? ;-)

For non-RSCDS dance groups in places I've lived in the US, the two
most common Scottish dances have always been Mairi's Wedding and Wild
Geese. I have no idea why.

| > 1 Deil Amang The Tailors 30 (1 - 25)
| > 2 Pelorus Jack 29 (2 - 20)
| > 3 Minister on the Loch 27 (5 - 18)
| > ...
| > 5 Wild Geese 26 (5 - 18)

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